Formed December 1944 at Cartierville, Montreal, from Aircraft Division of Canadian Vickers Ltd., as a "Crown Company." Purchased 1946 by Electric Boat Company of New York; later that year became a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation. First contract (1944) to build the DC-4m (Merlin-engined version of the Douglas DC-4) for the RCAF. Eventually built 71, including commercial versions, and converted many wartime C-47s into postwar commercial DC-3s. Since 1949 has license-built more than 1,900 North American F-86 Sabre jetfightersforthe RCAF and the U.S. Military Assistance Program; more than 700 Lockheed T-33 SilverStar jettrainers; 200 Lockheed F-104 Starfighters for the RCAF; and 240 Northrop F-5s for the Canadian Armed
Canadair CL-41 ''Tutor''
CL-41 "Tutor"
Forces and Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Products of its own design have included the CL-28 Argus Maritime patrol aircraft (32 built); CL-41 jet trainer/ground-attack aircraft (210 for Royal Canadian and Malaysian Air Forces); 39 CL-44 Yukon and 44 military/civil transports; three prototypes of the CL-84 tilt-wing VTOL research aircraft; CL-215 twin piston-engined firefighting and utility amphibian (first flown October 1967) and its CL-215T twin-turboprop reengined derivative (first flown June 1989); and Challenger 600 wide-body business jet (first flown November 1978) and 601 follow up. Company was repurchased by the Canadian government in December 1975. Other programs included the CL-89 battlefield reconnaissance RPV, major subcontract work for the U.S. Navy's P-3C Orion and its Canadian derivative, the CP140 Aurora, and manufacture of components for other companies. Canadair became part of Bombardier Aerospace Group in 1992, renamed Bombardier Inc. Canadair.

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